Hospital Behavior

Children's behavioral changes should be evaluated in different hospital situations and contexts. For example, behavioral difficulties in a child 2 days after surgery may have a completely different meaning from that of the same behaviors in a child 1 week following surgery. Also, different interpretations may be made for a child whose parents are not visiting than for a child whose family is staying in the hospital.

In some cases, the consultant may observe symptom changes that reflect aspects of a child's relationships with his or her parents or caretakers. Reinforcement of behavior and symptoms may be observed in both family members and the medical team. The family or medical team can assist in understanding a child's behavior by keeping a logbook of any noteworthy behaviors (Shapiro et al. 2006). One useful model that can be rapidly taught and used in most hospital contexts is the ABC (Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence) format, in which the following questions are considered: What happened just before the episode? What was the episode? What happened next?

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